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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

 
Fourth Annual Blogger Costume Party

This year's theme: X-Men.

As Professor Charles Xavier (Roger L. Simon) tours the X-mansion...

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...Magneto (Andrew Sullivan) hatches his latest plans for mutant domination.

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Beast (Hugh Hewitt) enjoys a good read.

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Wolverine (Dean Esmay) senses trouble.

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Never start a flame war with Pyro (Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga).

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Storm (Michelle Malkin) goes into action.

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Courtesy of Chris Muir, the stars of Day By Day show up to the party: Sam as Dr. Jean Grey, Zed as Cyclops, Damon as Iceman (keeping the bottle of champagne chilled), and Jan as Rogue.

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Designer notes: Heh, looks like Kos is the only one not wearing hat or helmet who keeps his original hair. His is my first Paint Shop Pro creation to make use of the directional illumination effect.

I created the Hewitt image and an earlier version of the Sully image prior to October 25; that interview had nothing to do with their inclusion in the costume party.

The first Sullivan image used a closeup of Magneto, but it required blowing up his face so that it came out real blurry. I got Sully's image by screen-capturing a YouTube video of one of his appearances on The Colbert Report - you can see a purple glow above his right eye from the Colbert set lighting.

As challenging as getting Wolverine's hairline to look reasonably natural on Dean, the most time-consuming task was getting Hugh Hewitt's face the right shade of blue.

Many thanks to Chris Muir for his contribution.

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